A crowd gathered Wednesday, July 14, in Trailside Park in Pequot Lakes for the 83rd year of Bean Hole Days.
As has been done since 1938, beans were buried in cast iron kettles and baked underground in a pit overnight before being served with a bun and water for free around noon July 14 to people who patiently waited in line.
The fourth pot - Big Bertha - featured four different kinds of meat and spice.
Kimberly Ziesemer, president of Community Action of Pequot Lakes, was crowned the 2021 Queen Bean. Pequot Lakes Police Chief Eric Klang earned the King Bean title for the year. It's tradition for the queen and king to taste the first scoops of beans out of the first kettle raised out of the ground and declare them ready for all to eat.
Chris Olson performed his Memories of Elvis Tribute Show for the crowd as they waited for and then ate their beans. Crafters lined the Paul Bunyan Trail. The event also featured food vendors and kids games.